antidote to a recession and this is no small tax hike. >> reporter: and it's not just republicans squabbling. some democrats are breaking from the president and want to extend all the tax cuts. >> given the fragility of the economy, all of the bush tax cuts should be extended temporarily. we need to remember that the top 5% income bracket in america account for 30% of all consumer spending. >> reporter: according to the nonpartisan congressional budget office, if all the bush tax cuts are extended, along with some other provisions, economic growth in the next year could almost double. long term, however, economists say since none of the tax cuts are paid for, they're all deficit spending and unsustainable. and, diane, after all this back and forth, you might wonder just where does this all leave us. basically where we were last week, headed to a standoff with all wage earners taxes scheduled to go up on january 1st, diane. >> well, jake, as you know, tomorrow is the last big primary day, as we head towards the november elections.